The Newsroom is the online destination for St. Thomas’ stories. Here, dynamic written, video, audio and social media storytelling come together to show the pride Tommies have in their community and how they are advancing the common good every day.
The Newsroom also represents the convergence of news and feature content, including that of the university’s four magazines: St. Thomas, St. Thomas Lawyer, St. Thomas Engineer and Lumen. By centralizing news and feature-story content in one place, the Newsroom provides a better-informed portrayal of the scope and depth of the work being done at the university.
St. Thomas always has placed a high priority on delivering timely and accurate news. As early as 1946, news and events were announced in a one-page memo published by the President’s Office. The “yellow sheet” for students and “green sheet” for faculty and staff appeared in the 1960s. In 1988, both publications were combined in a printed newspaper, College of St. Thomas Bulletin, which appeared weekly. A daily electronic version, Bulletin Today, first appeared in August 1999.
As the home for news and information about St. Thomas, the Newsroom is the destination for honest and trustworthy content that is available through up-to-the minute coverage.
Information We Don’t Publish and Where to Find It
- Changes to office or building hours. Our data tells us users are most likely to seek this type of information from departmental websites. Contact ITS for website content management support.
- New departmental social media profiles, i.e. Facebook pages and Twitter profiles. St. Thomas maintains a social media registry that lists known and active social media profiles from across the university.
- Closures to parking lots or streets near campus, unless the closure has a significant impact on university operations. Impact will be determined by Newsroom editorial staff in collaboration with Public Safety. Parking information is available from Parking and Transportation Services.
- Changes to menus at Dining Services locations. Dining Services provides menus online.
Frequently Asked Questions
The main categories are available in the site’s navigation at the top of the screen. They include:
- Notices and reminders from administrative offices (for example, Human Resources, Registrar, Financial Aid) split into subcategories for faculty/staff and students
- Information from Public Safety on the most recent safety alerts, advisories and bulletins
- Stories about specific academic departments, programs, faculty, students and research
- Depth of Field, a blog produced by St. Thomas Photo Services
- Humans of St. Thomas, a regular series featuring St. Thomas students, faculty and staff
- Opus Magnum, the blog of the Opus College of Business
- First-person accounts and opinion pieces published in any of the four magazines produced by the university
- Stories about how we carry out our Catholic tradition and faith-based mission
- In the News: clips from external media sources featuring St. Thomas and our experts
- In Your Prayers: notices asking the community for prayers for ill or deceased loved ones
- President’s Office: news about and from the Office of the President
- Professional Notes: periodic listings of faculty and staff scholarly accomplishments
- Tommie Traditions: feature stories about the traditions that bring our community together
- Articles from the four magazines published by the university: St. Thomas, St. Thomas Lawyer, St. Thomas Engineer and Lumen.
How often will new articles appear on the Newsroom website?
The Newsroom operates on a 24-hour news cycle, which means new stories can appear at any time, multiple times a day. When you hear about news breaking at St. Thomas, the Newsroom is your destination for up-to-the minute coverage.
Will I receive emails from the Newsroom?
The Newsroom sends out periodic emails: On Mondays “The Week Ahead” lists deadlines, notices, meetings and other important “housekeeping” information. It is a digest of both Newsroom stories and links to other useful content and events on the St. Thomas website.
Notices that appear in “The Week Ahead” emails are visible on the Newsroom homepage in the top level navigation under “Notices” and in a rolling ticker above the site’s main navigation.
On Wednesdays, “The Midweek” highlights some of the latest feature stories and major university news that appeared in the Newsroom over the previous seven days.
On Thursdays, “The Weekender” features events for the upcoming weekend.
In cases of major breaking news, the Newsroom will occasionally send out a Newsroom Update email. The threshold for this type of email message is very high and is only utilized when historical news has taken place or in cases of emergency. Examples include the announcement of a retirement high-ranking official or faculty member, a varsity sports national championship, the death of a member of the immediate St. Thomas community, or a critical emergency where there is an immediate threat to campus safety. The threshold for this type of communication is determined by the Newsroom editorial staff.
Where else can I find links to Newsroom content?
Through the use of RSS feeds, the Newsroom is able to display headlines in places like departmental websites. That means that whenever a new article is published in the Newsroom, it will appear in the places where people are already visiting.
You can also subscribe to specific Newsroom feeds that you are most interested in so whenever stories are published, the headlines appear in your Outlook RSS folder or other RSS reader. If you’d like instructions on how to subscribe to a specific Newsroom category’s RSS feed, let us know.
Can I see Newsroom stories on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels?
The Newsroom is connected to the university’s institutional social media profiles. To follow the university, visit the St. Thomas social media registry. In addition, each article can be shared on your own social network profiles by utilizing the share buttons at the bottom of each article.
I am a member of a St. Thomas department or organization that is hosting a meeting or event that will take place on campus. How can I publicize my event?
The Newsroom encourages departments to post details about events and meetings on their respective websites and in OneStThomas. To publicize your event in a Newsroom email, first publish the information on your department’s website or social media profile, then share the link with the Newsroom staff on the Submit News form.
The Newsroom events calendar pulls its information from the room scheduling application R25. For your event to appear on the events feed, schedule your room in R25 and provide as many details as possible when filling out the form. Make sure to click the box labeled “Include in Newsroom’s calendar.” All events with the most complete information will be curated by our editors and added to the calendar.
Can I still see Bulletin Today and magazine articles from before the launch of the Newsroom?
Yes, all articles published in the Bulletin Today dating back to September 1999, as well as articles from all five magazines dating back as far as July 2002 are available in the Newsroom archives at the bottom of every page. You also can search for them using the in-site search tool by clicking on the magnifying glass in the main navigation at the top of each page.
I have an idea for a Newsroom story. Where can I submit it?
The Newsroom staff is always interested in hearing what is going on around campus. Whether it’s student or faculty research, a quirky fact, a well-known speaker or visitor, we want to hear from you. If you would like to submit your idea to be considered for publication, visit the Submit News page.
Publication dates for feature stories are determined at the discretion of the Newsroom Editorial Board. Feature story submissions are considered on a case-by-case basis and, if chosen by the editorial board for publication, require a minimum of 10 business days for writing and production.
Notices are published on an ongoing basis throughout the week. For a notice to be considered for the upcoming week’s “The Week Ahead” email, it must be submitted no later than the end of the day on Wednesday. Notices that miss the cutoff for the email are still available on the Notices for Faculty/Staff and Notices for Students pages.
I’m a reporter. Where do I find information about experts and media relations?
Visit our For the Media page for contact information and access to our experts database.
- Open Internet Explorer and navigate to the Newsroom homepage.
- Click the arrow to the right of the Home button (the house icon located near the right side of the screen) and then click Add or Change Home Page.
- In the Add or Change Home Page dialog box, click Use this webpage as your only home page.
- Click Yes to save your changes.
- Open Firefox and navigate to the Newsroom homepage.
- Click the icon to the left of the web address, drag it to the Home button, and release.
- Open Chrome, click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar on the right side of the screen and select Settings.
- Under On startup, select Open a specific page or set of pages, then click Set pages.
- Enter http://news.stthomas.edu into dialog box and click OK.
- Open Safari and click on the Safari menu.
- Select Preferences.
- A dialog box will open and the sixth item down the list is where you can set your homepage.
Can I unsubscribe from Newsroom emails?
The Week Ahead, Midweek and Weekender emails are delivered to all faculty, staff and students with @stthomas.edu email addresses. Each email includes news and useful information that is relevant to you as a member of the St. Thomas community. There is no way to opt out of this communication.
Subscribers who opted-in to receive the Bulletin Today and Newsroom emails at non-stthomas.edu addresses and who continue to receive Newsroom notifications can opt-out by following the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of one of the Newsroom’s periodic email messages.